Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich added the world marathon gold medal to his Olympic title on Saturday.Kiprotich beat all the strong Ethiopian and Kenyan runners.
Kiprotich’s win placed Uganda in the 12th position in the medal rankings where only 33 out of 200 countries got medals.
The prison warden clocked 2hr 09min 51sec around the streets of Moscow, with Ethiopian duo Lelisa Desisa (2:10.12) and Tadese Tola (2:10.23) claiming silver and bronze respectively.
It was Uganda’s second world gold medal after Dorcus Inzikuru won the 3000m steeplechase at the 2005 worlds in Helsinki, and only the African nation’s fourth medal ever.
The 24-year-old, who placed ninth at the 2011 worlds in Berlin, caused a big surprise to win on the streets of London last summer but was some way off the pace on his return to the British capital for the London Marathon in April.
But he timed his run to perfection in Moscow against a raft of more favoured opponents, although the Kenyan squad were missing double defending champion Abel Kirui, who was out injured.
Uganda’s Jackson Kiprop led the field through the halfway mark in 1:05.12, with Japan’s Kentaro Nakamoto the sole non-African in the top 10, the Japanese runner going on to finish in fifth.
After 90 minutes of running, Kiprotich, Tola and Kenyan Peter Some finally made a move as the field broke up.